What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is essentially a system of natural healing. Remedies, which are medicines based on animal, vegetable, or mineral substances, are given to help stimulate the body’s natural forces of recovery. Homeopathy concentrates on treating the person or animal as a whole rather than just the disease.
Homeopathy has been a concept since Hippocrates, but was really developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor in the 1800s. He discovered that substances that cause symptoms in healthy individuals can be used to cure those symptoms in an ill patient. This gives us the homeopathic principle of ‘Like Cures Like’.
Only a vet can legally treat animals with homeopathy.
What Can Homeopathy Treat?
Homeopathy cannot fix a broken bone or replace missing functional chemicals such as insulin in diabetes. But it can help support the body in it’s natural healing processes.
This is why homeopathy is a complementary medicine – it does not replace conventional and essential medical treatments.
Homeopathy can be used to treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions such as;
- Acute viral infections such as cat flu and gastroenteritis
- Chronic conditions such as liver and kidney problems, skin conditions and cancer
- Behavioural issues such as fear of fireworks and urine spraying in cats
- In First Aid situations
The Science Behind Homeopathy – Energy Medicine
There is growing scientific evidence for the actions of Homeopathy, both from lab research on the effect of Homeopathy and from the world of physics and ultra-dilute solutions.
Most conditions respond to homeopathy. However it is always important to have your animal examined by a veterinary surgeon initially so a diagnosis can be made and any serious clinical problems identified.
Remedies may not be given as frequently as conventional medicines. 1-3 doses of a remedy may be sufficient to stimulate the body’s natural defences. The remedies come in tablet or liquid forms.
Once the symptoms have stopped it is important to stop the remedy, to continue the remedy too long may be harmful.
Exceptions to this are in chronic disease e.g. arthritis that may require ongoing treatment.
Advice is also given about diet and any additional supplements that may be considered necessary.
Your Pet’s Homeopathic Consultation
Ilse Pedler is our homeopathic vet. She gained her diploma in Vet Homeopathy in November 2001 and has just been elected Junior Vice President of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS).
A homeopathy consult usually takes 40 – 50 minutes. Many questions are asked about the animal and its presenting problems, and also about it’s diet, environment and personality so an accurate picture can be built up. Then a remedy is selected that most fits that picture. Sometimes Ilse requires several days to ‘study the case’. The prescribed remedies can then be collected or posted to you.
Please contact us to arrange a telephone conversation with Ilse Pedler to discuss whether homeopathy may be suitable for your pet.